Forgiveness Can Heal You

Message to the world for Dada J.P Vaswani’s 99th birthday on Aug.2nd 2107.

A troubled conscience will never allow us to live in peace and quiet – and our conscience will continue to remain troubled unless we rid ourselves of the hatred and resentment that makes us unforgiving.

If we wish to achieve inner peace, there is only one way – release ourselves from anger and resentment, learn to let go of hatred, and practice forgiveness. The truth is, if you are unable to forgive and forget, you pay the price in emotional terms. What form this emotional, physical deprivation may take, it is difficult to predict.

Medical experts tell us that anger accelerates our ageing process. Anger is indeed a very natural human reaction. But if we let anger remain in the heart within, it ceases to be mature and natural — it festers into a grudge. When we refuse to forgive people, we are letting our grudge control our life.

We all know that stress causes insomnia — but so can bitterness! Research has even revealed a relationship between unresolved anger and cardiac arrest. People who hold grudges fall easy prey to illness and disease. When they make the conscious decision to cease hatred and resentment — they set themselves on the road to recovery. This is why hatred has been likened to cancer — it is the cancer of bitterness that destroys both body and soul.

A woman suffered from severe rheumatic pains in the knee joint. No medicines were of any avail. The pain went on increasing, until a holy man asked her, “Do you hold a grudge against anyone?” Continue reading “Forgiveness Can Heal You”

Lolë White Tour announces celebrity instructors

Celebrity husband and wife yoga instructor team Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee will be leading the sunset yoga session on Thursday, July 27 @ Exhibition Place, Toronto.

 “The First Lady of Yoga” (New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee is a successful author, yoga instructor and host of the podcast Talking YogaRodney Yee was one of the first yoga instructors to star in and offer instructional yoga videos letting those without access to a studio, practice at home. The power couple has multiple yoga practices in New York, online and both teach workshops around the world. With over half a century of combined yoga experience, Colleen and Rodney have taught some of the world’s biggest celebrity yogis including Madonna, Serena Williams and Bon Jovi. Colleen and Rodney are also co-founders of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, a non-profit bringing complementary yoga and meditation into the mainstream healthcare system.

In a brief chat with Usha Pudukkotai, the power couple shared their views, ideas and thoughts about their journey with Yoga.

Colleen said her journey started in 1984 at the urging of a roommate who took her to a class in New York City that left her feeling intimidated and yet remarkably good. Still, she continued other forms of exercise (including running, boxing, and basketball) until 1994, when she was forced to undergo back surgery. Since then, her commitment to her yoga practice has been unwavering.

When asked about her practice style, Colleen says that she’s been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She likes to experiment, including doing yoga moves to rock-n-roll music. She has studied with many instructors including Iyengar. Her style comprises of all aspects of yoga practice: Asana, pranayama, breathe work, and meditation. During our tele-conversation, she also mentioned that any student or disciple who’s willing to try will certainly make a huge difference in their lives with yoga practice.

 Rodney Yee, who’s been practicing yoga for over 35 years, has a special regard for the motherland of yoga, which is India. His message is to our readers is that yoga is for anybody and everybody. Their method of instruction includes  online classes, videos and tours across the world.

You can meet and learn from Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee in our own city of this month as they teach their innovative interpretations of Yoga. Continue reading “Lolë White Tour announces celebrity instructors”

Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You

The Inside-Out Approach to Positivity: Five Ways to Face Challenges Without Giving Them the Power to Define You
We tend to believe that external forces have the power to shape our lives. Not true. When we choose to live from the inside-out, rather than the outside-in, we can face even the most daunting challenges without getting pulled into negativity and pessimism.

By Jon Gordon

In a world dominated by negativity, how do you build a life around optimism and hope? After all, pessimism comes at us from all angles, from social media to the news to “naysaying” colleagues, friends, and family members. It’s all too easy to get preoccupied with challenges involving work, health, family, and other problem areas. But no matter what outside forces seem to be shaping your fate, you have the ultimate control over your thoughts and actions—and realizing this simple fact can transform your life.

People think success and happiness descend on them from the outside, but that’s not true. Your circumstances don’t have the power to define you. The power is on the inside. You can create your life—a great life—from the inside-out, not the outside-in.

When Superman took off his cape, who was he? People say he was Clark Kent, but no—he was still Superman. He was Superman on the inside. That’s where his power was.

True, external challenges, events, and circumstances exist—and we all have to deal with them—but they don’t have to drag you down into negativity and pessimism.

Let’s take traffic, for example. One day traffic really bothers you. Another day you are listening to a great song or podcast, you’re in a great mood, and the traffic doesn’t bother you. Is it the circumstance—the traffic—or your state of mind that is producing how you feel? Continue reading “Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You”

Finding inner equilibrium through yoga

By Dr. Gagan Bhalla

In the west, yoga has enjoyed an ever-rising popularity and acceptance for more than a century. It may appear mystifying to many that a tradition that traces its roots back to thousands of years and one that lays emphasis on spiritual rather than the material should find such tremendous resonance in a society that is quintessentially at the opposite end of the spiritual-material spectrum.

However, this seeming paradox has a simple and straightforward answer. In societies where materialism has held sway for hundreds of years, and scientific determinism has become a prevailing dogma, many fundamental answers about the individual’s mind, body and soul have, while over analysed, remained unanswered or unaddressed.

And that is where yoga, mindfulness and well being acquire importance. This is because material well being doesn’t automatically lead to mental equilibrium. As the adage goes, “Wealth is not happiness.” The extra bit that would satiate the mind and soul and enrich the body can be provided by yoga.

Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for healthy living. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning to join. According to yogic scriptures, the practice of yoga leads to the union of an individual’s consciousness with the universal consciousness.

According to scientists, everything in the universe is a manifestation of the same quantum firmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be ‘in yoga’ and is termed as a yogi who has attained a state of freedom, referred to as mukti, nirvana, kaivalya or moksha.

Yoga refers to an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which human beings can achieve union between the body and mind to attain self-realization. The aim of yoga practice is to overcome all kinds of sufferings that lead to a sense of freedom in every walk of life with holistic health, happiness and harmony.

Yoga expects two Ds from the practitioner – dedication and discipline, everything else can be self-taught. As the Indian Prime Minister Honourable Narendra Modi has said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing out lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change.” Continue reading “Finding inner equilibrium through yoga”

Naya Horizons, Navya Destinations!

It’s summertime. The sun is up. Now is the perfect time to unwind at an exotic resort! Serene. Peaceful. Rejuvenating. Blissful.

Imagine yourself vacationing in a relaxingly balmy atmosphere, a garden igniting with vibrant colors, a bird park, an enthralling forest, spectacular view of the city, and scrumptious buffet of organically grown vegetables for lunch. Do it all in style!

How about cruising in turquoise seas, sipping fresh coconut juice, feeling the heat of the sun and enjoying the striking scenery of your choicest island? Is it enough to revive your spirit? Sounds exciting?

For North Americans, South America is a place of wonder—from idyllic beaches and rainforests to its vibrant culture. From the zealous dances in the tango parlors, to the calm, golden churches that line the streets. Truly, it is an exciting time to experience the beauty that holds it all.

These are just few of the things that you would experience when you’re one with nature despite the stress life has given you.

So take the dust off your luggage and get ready!   We can make your summer, fall, winter, spring, weekends and every other day more enjoyable.  We have several choices or options of must-experience destinations. Continue reading “Naya Horizons, Navya Destinations!”

Must-Have Products for National Safety Month

 June is National Safety Month and SABRE is educating the public on how they can prevent life threatening injuries while at home, at work or while on the go.

Having the right personal/home safety products and knowledge can make all the difference in a life or death situation. For over forty years, SABRE has been a leader in the personal safety marketplace and the number one brand of pepper spray used by police worldwide.

Whether you are a jogger, lawyer, stay-at-home mom, or student, SABRE’s carries product to meet your specific safety needs.

Wall Mounted Panic Alarm – Ideal for seniors and others with medical conditions, this small, yet extremely loud 120dB alarm alerts houseguests and neighbors to falls, intruders, or other emergency situations.

Water Leakage Alarm – Fixing water damage caused by flooding is expensive and time consuming.

This alarm sounds at the first sign of a leak, requires no wiring, and can be placed anywhere.

Personal Alarm with Clip & LED Light – This alarm offers protection when walking to the car after work. It can be clipped to waistbands, purses, and hats and used as a flashlight.

Designed for small spaces, SABRE’s Dorm/Apartment Alarm Kit is an easy-to-use and affordable system that provides protection for apartments, dorms, condos, hotels rooms, RVs and more.

From panic alarms and home alarm systems to pepper sprays and gels, SABRE has a tool to suit every emergency situation and offers online information on how to best put them to use. Visit for more info.

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Peel Manor project a win for City, healthcare and seniors

Brampton City Council has approved a zoning and official plan amendment to allow for redevelopment of the Peel Manor Long Term Care centre. This project collaboration between the Region of Peel and City of Brampton will result in enhanced care for seniors and more liveable spaces for residents.

Key to this project is a land exchange where the City will give up part of Murray Street Park, allowing construction of the new long-term care facility. When the new facility is complete, the existing building will be demolished, and a portion of the land will become part of the Murray Street Park.

“This project is a great example of how the right partnerships create value,” said Regional Councillor Elaine Moore, Chair of the Planning and Development Committee. “It’s really a centre of excellence for seniors. Once it’s complete, the City, our seniors and our residents will benefit from increased access to healthcare and park space.”

The Peel Manor Long Term Care building has reached its useful lifespan, and significant improvements are now required. This project will increase the current configuration’s capacity, and will add living space for those with specialized needs. There will also be additional Adult Day Service, with 60 spaces available to serve 75-100 participants each day over various shifts. The Region of Peel has been envisioning the area around Peel Manor as a regional Seniors’ Services Hub.

“The redevelopment of Peel Manor shows how health partnerships can contribute to employment and improve quality of life in Brampton,” said Bob Darling, Director of Economic Development and Culture and the corporate leader responsible for the City’s Health Partnerships initiative. “Along with recent developments around Peel Memorial and the upcoming opening of ErinoakKids, we’re building great momentum in this sector.” Continue reading “Peel Manor project a win for City, healthcare and seniors”

Bring Vacation Vibes to Your Home with Attiser

Summer is here! The warm season brings excitement as people welcome thoughts of sun-kissed skin and laid-back moments in white, sandy beaches. Wish you could spend every waking moment of summer at the beach? Surround your home with summer vibes with designs from Attiser! With signature collections of handmade linens hand-block printed by artisans in India, Attiser’s traditional method was developed over 450 years ago.

Spruce up your space with carefully selected, eco-friendly materials from Attiser. Each item is handmade and comes with a distinctively splendid flair of bright colors that are blended with a refined French country style.

Express your sophisticated side and trendy taste in décor with the variety of bedding, tablecloths, curtains and more:

  • Bring the allure of India to your bedroom with Attiser quilts in bright, colorful designs that add a hint of Country French elegance and sophistication, giving a feeling of luxury and opulence with these richly designed custom pieces for your bedroom or living spaces.
  • Dress your dining room table or quaint breakfast nook with eye-catching Attiser fabric tablecloths from the finest handmade linens with an integration of Indian artistry and French style — they’ll be an instant classical favorite in your home.

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Advice for College Grads on Adjusting To “Real Life”

College Grads: Survive “Real Life” By Being Yourself
by Brian Connor, author of From Bud To Blow

College life is fake life. Class three hours a day (if you even go), nothing on Fridays, smoking and binge watching an entire TV show or drinking till bar close on a Tuesday. It’s a young adult utopia. So how do you transition out of that? How could you possibly survive in the real world? Simple. Tone it down a little.

People act like leaving that lifestyle is some big mystery. I go on recruiting visits to different colleges and get asked all the time “how do I prepare myself for the real world?” or “what can I do to better myself moving forward?” And I just look at these kids and want to tell them “well I’m hungover as shit sitting here right now, so you tell me?” As if I volunteered to go on the recruiting trip to actually recruit and not just drink on my company’s dime at a college campus again. And let’s not even talk about the recruiters themselves. Most were such big partiers in college they couldn’t get the actual job, so they joined the recruiting team.

At some point the phrase “the real life” was created, and since then people have looked down on college kids like they are these incompetent and immature idiots. But how long has it been since you were on the other side of that hate? One year? Three years? Weren’t we all those college kids at some point?

See, the biggest problem I have with “real life” is that the people are actually fake. You can call college life fake all you want. Because it is. It’s a bubble that 18-22 year olds live in for four years, then it pops and they go back to having normal schedules and responsibilities. So sure, it’s fake. But what you can’t say is the people themselves are fake. They are as real as it gets. If I had a group project in college, there was no beating around the bush with scheduling. We would tell each other if we had party plans, admit if we were hungover, call people out if they didn’t do their work, we were real. And we always got everything done on time.

In “real life” people walk around the office like robots and act like they’ve been these true-blood professionals their entire lives. It’s as if their personality is sucked from their body every time they walk in the office. But just three years ago those same people were probably Googling if their company drug tested while waiting to be interviewed by a hungover recruiter. So what happened in three years? Where did their personality go? You ever wonder why company parties get out of control? Because the alcohol turns everyone back from robots to real. And people just aren’t used to being real in the real world.

So ok, yes, you will have to adjust to waking up before noon on a weekday. But you did that from ages 6 to 18. The only difference is now you’ll be getting paid to wake up early. So you’ll live. All you need to do is tone it down a little. Party twice a week not four times. But even then, the older you get the less you want to party. That’s not just Hollywood talk about “getting old.” That shit’s real. It’ll hit you too. Continue reading “Advice for College Grads on Adjusting To “Real Life””

Adesaa Wellness Yoga Retreat launches with pop-up venue

The Mumbai-based startup intends to spread the light of India’s ancient yoga globally to integrate body, mind and soul as the flag bearers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga initiative

MUMBAI, May 24: Adesaa Wellness Private Limited, a Mumbai-based startup wellness company, which see themselves as the flag bearers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga initiative, opened its door to encourage the world to practice India’s ancient yoga for a healthier life. The company, as its tagline – reconnect with yourself – intends to spread the light of India’s ancient yoga globally to integrate body, mind and soul.

The word Adesaa is derived from the Sanskrit language, which means a divine command from within. The unique feature of Adesaa Wellness is that one can experience the amalgamation of the best of ancient Indian traditions –Yoga, Meditation and Naturopathy. It provides some of the finest wellness retreat program, which helps understand the relationship between the nutrition and the functioning of body.

While making the announcement Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Samidha Rasaikar, Adessa Wellness Private Limited said, “Adesaa offers you the opportunity for physical, spiritual, and mental rejuvenation through yoga and meditation. There can be no better place to get one of the best learning techniques of yoga and meditation under one roof. “Considering today’s fast-paced of life, we have designed retreat programs, which will not only allow you to slow down and understand your inner-self, but also work on improving ones’ own productivity. Our ‘pop-up theme’ will wow you on the aesthetic level.”

Adesaa will be expanding its footprints in the next couple months with their pop-up locations in Pune, Nagpur, Nasik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Goa. “We are contemplating to go international and we are looking at Dubai, London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia, which will be carried out phase-wise,” Samidha said. Continue reading “Adesaa Wellness Yoga Retreat launches with pop-up venue”